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Be sure to mark your calendars for the annual traditional hometown festival and tree lighting ceremony.   The Xfinity Festival of Lights kicks off the Holiday Season Downtown all along Fourth Street from Railroad to Jefferson. Presented by Sprouts Farmers Market, The Foundry, First National Bank and LPR Construction.

Join in the candle lit caroling procession as it strolls through Fourth Street, from Railroad Ave to the Main Stage, where Santa Claus will arrive to count down the twenty-five-foot tree coming to life as the center of Fourth Street for the Holiday Season.   

Stages filled with entertainment and live music will be spread through the festival.  A “holiday spirits” beer garden featuring local breweries, wine and local music will fill the air from Lincoln to Jefferson.  A family friendly area will engage audiences young and old with traditional holiday characters, princesses and even a dancing Christmas tree.  
Carriage and wagon rides, hot chocolate and smores, a local pop-up art market, and a little bit of something for everyone. 

A Santa Hat Scavenger Hunt will invite the first 500 participants to visit various downtown businesses to add a festive decoration to their hat. An event you won't want to miss!

 Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:   


Thank you to our Festival Level Sponsor:                                           Thank you to our Saint Nick Sponsors:



Thank you to our Family Stage Sponsor:


Thank you to our Holiday Cheer Sponsors:









the 2017 Festival of Lights was held
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017 

We stepped into the magic of the holidays with the traditional Downtown Loveland tree-lighting ceremony and 2nd Annual Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights, presented by the Loveland Downtown Partnership brought holiday fun with the lighting a 24-foot Christmas Tree, entertainment and treats on Wednesday, November 29, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This one-night event kicked off the holidays with a candlelight sing-along, and beautifully-lit Downtown District with bright snowflakes and garland, that captured everyone’s delight. The festivities took place on Fourth Street, between Jefferson and Railroad Avenues, with a fun family-friendly area between Lincoln and Jefferson and another area for the adults with a kid's heart between Cleveland and Railroad featuring a music stage, local breweries, a winery and food.

At 5pm we gathered in front of the Loveland Museum/Gallery at Fifth Street and Lincoln, where the first 500 attendees received a Glow Candle and glo-in-the-dark face painting. A barbershop quartet led a caroling parade to the Rialto Square for the tree lighting. We enjoyed the Loveland Chorale Society as they sang a delightful mix of sacred, secular and jazzy holiday carols.

Christmas Tree on 4th Street, Festival of Lights, Downtown Loveland ColoradoAt 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived and, along with the Mayor, led the countdown for the lighting of the Christmas Tree. Throughout the celebration we created memories, warmed up with hot chocolate, made S’mores around warm crackling fires, went on a horse-drawn carriage rides, sang with carolers, met a Disney Snow Princess and watched a Christmas Tale come to life.

Father Christmas and other fun holiday characters visited with children young and old.

In the spirit of giving and support for our community, many brought donations of needed supplies and personal items for the 137 Homeless Connection.

This true hometown, downtown holiday Festival of Lights a family tradition year after year! It’s a is a free event and open to the public. For more information, please call 970-541-4333.

The Festival of Lights is traditionally held on the Wednesday after Thanksgiving.

The 2016 Festival of Lights
presented by the downtown district
featured its first tree lighting ceremony in downtown Loveland.

This wonderful event featured local entertainment on stage, Santa and his special guests Snow Queen Elsa and Snow Princess Anna, as well as Robot Transformers Optimus, Bumblebee, Megatron and a friendly Dinosaur. Local businesses offered up special treats including candy, hot chocolate and glow sticks. This fun-filled night included free carriage rides, free treat bags and a fun tree competition. If you missed this year, don't miss out next year! 

Dine Out With Heart

October 1-4, 2018

Dine Out With Heart is a community fundraiser sponsored by Loveland Philo.


It's goal is to eliminate hunger in our community, with special focus on the most vulnerable, local children and families.

 Each year during the first two weeks in October, Philo partners with over 25 local restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and wineries to allow patrons to Dine Out With Heart by enjoying quality dining and making a small contribution to the fundraiser.

Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards funding local non-profits that address hunger in the Loveland/Berthoud area.


Past recipients include: Loveland Community Kitchen, Thompson Education Foundation, Kids Hope, Alternatives to Violence, Veteran's Club and food pantries at local schools and Sunrise Clinic.




“People of Loveland”

Meet Jenny

“Who gets to hang out with awesome election judges, document lovely Lovelanders driving through to drop their ballots off and exercise their voting rights, seeing many new faces and some of my favorite people as well? I do!

I'm the lucky one that gets to document all of the amazing things that people do in this community everyday for the Loveland Reporter-Herald through my lens. I can tell you from experience that Loveland is truly filled with love.

Am I a celebrity? 

You're right about the rest though.

It's truly a gift to be able to embed myself into people's lives. In their best moments or their worst, I'm there. Sometimes they love me for it and sometimes they're not very happy to see me. If they knew me, they would realize I'm shooting with my heart and I feel their joy and their pain. My mission is to make my own little positive difference in people's lives. Whether that's filling readers hearts with joy when they see a joyful photo or causing someone to want to make a difference because they see others doing the same, or evoking empathy and love from a photo of a tragedy- I hope to make a difference, even if just for a moment.

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Have you noticed the sculptures in Downtown Loveland seem to change each year? They are part of a TAAP Program through the City of Loveland! 

T.A.A.P.  sculptures are on the move as we make way for three new sculptures in downtown:

1) "Big Vision, Small Steps"
by Charlotte Zink

2) "Convergence"
by Steve Shachtman

3) "Love/Fear"
by Joe Norman

They will be installed next Friday! "Broken Violin" by Jack Kreutzer; "Ovilepod" by Ted Schaal and "Hard Rock" by Pati Stajcar will remain on display for another year.

Thank you to all of our T.A.A.P.  artists -- past and future!

The final broadband plan will be presented to council Oct. 23 and the city is hosting a Town Hall meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 as one final opportunity for people to ask questions about the project. 

 We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate in-person, via phone or view it on Facebook Live. NOTE: Those wishing to participate by telephone can sign up to receive a call on the cityofloveland.org/Broadband website. 





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